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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on February 4, 2003
Format: Audio CD
_Catch the Spirit_ is the second anthology released by Mostly Autumn -- actually, it arrives not long after their first one, _Heroes Never Die_. Here's the skinny: _Heroes Never Die_ has gone out of print and has been *replaced* by this new set. Whereas the first anthology was only 12 songs (one disc), this is 23 mmm-tasty songs (two discs).
If you enjoy this band and whether you have _Heroes Never Die_ or not, I recommend for you get this. Now some people might say, "Wah, but I already have all these songs!" Well...that's only partially true. The band has recorded everything here, and sometimes they have some pretty big differences. For instance, Heather Findlay (:P'''') takes over lead vocals on "We Come and We Go". Less evident changes include a deeper bass presence on "Goodbye Alone", a more ethereal atmosphere to "The Gap Is Too Wide", a big riff opening "Nowhere to Hide" rather than drunken singing, a more rocking arrangement on "Prints in the Stone", and a spine-tingling cadences of angels on "Mother Nature" and "Heroes Never Die". If you've heard the band's live album _The Story So Far_, you are likely to recognize that many of the songs here are based on the changes made in the live setting. While the changes are largely subtle, but it's quite remarkable how subtle modifications can really alter the sound of the song. There is also a new song (or maybe an old b-side) called "Noise from My Head" which is, like everything this band does, superb. It is a more rocking song a la "Never the Rainbow" with Heather Findlay's pearly voice.
For the Mostly Autumn newbie, I can think of no better place to start (although all of their albums are excellent in their own right). _Catch the Spirit_ doesn't cost much more than their older albums but you get twice as much material. Mostly Autumns involves strains of symphonic rock flourishing around a pastoral Celtic influences and glints of hard rock. They feature a wealth of instrumentation from flutes and violins to the standard rock setup, and have goddess Heather Findlay and Bryan Josh on vocals. The band also has the most consistently beautiful guitar solos I've ever heard. I think some higher power appeared to lead guitarist Bryan Josh and gave him knowledge of sacred scales that yank at your emotions, like a combination of Steve Rothery and David Gilmour and the special X-element. Beautiful playing...and he does them ALL the time. How does he come up with this stuff?
I might be biased because autumn is my favorite season, but this is really good music. So, like, yeah...check it out. (you can tell I'm really good at ending reviews)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 29, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Neo-prog is the version of progressive rock that emerged in the early 80s via bands like Marillion, IQ, Saga, and Pendragon. It was less complex than the classic prog of early to mid 70s Yes, Genesis, ELP, etc., and tended to have shorter songs. I would describe Mostly Autumn as neo-prog with some British folk elements thrown in the mix. They are not as folky as Iona, but folk is part of their sound.

I prefer classic prog, so I can't really get into this band. But I give them 4 stars anyway because what they do, they do pretty well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 24, 2006
Format: Audio CDVerified Purchase
This double disk set is a great buy. If you aren't totally caught up in the music by the end of your first listen, you will be before the second is through.
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on October 19, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Next to Radiohead, Porcupine Tree, Pendragon, Karmakanic, Gazpacho, Sylvan and RPWL, Mostly Autumn is one of the most ambitious and talented present European rock bands I am aware of. I have been listening to their music for over 7 years and the more I listen to it, the better it gets. Catch The Spirit is a double compilation album released in 2002. Although not everything on it I like this is your easiest way of getting familiar with this band and most of their best songs are here. You should purchase this album if you like the music of Pink Floyd or Fleetwood Mac, Manfred Mann or Supertramp, U2 any one of the bands I have mentioned at the beginning because I can assure you; you will get to love the music of Mostly Autumn. Their songs are beautiful with heavy spiritual undertone and gorgeous Celtic influence, arrangements are great including violins, flutes and whistles, and all instruments are played on the scale of Pink Floyd. The band has 2 guitarists and the guitar work here is incredible. Mostly Autumn carries voices of 2 incredible singers, one of which Heather Findlah is among my most favorite female rock vocalists of any time. Besides Heather Angela Goldthorpe assists with backing vocals beauty of which can be noticed as well. Many people criticize vocals of Bryan Josh and I don't share their feelings. Sure, I can also hear his David Gilmour resemblance but it does not bother me at all. His guitar playing is superb. One thing I hold against them as a band is the inclusion of songs to weak for me to consider, had it been my decision to make. This statement refers to Catch The Spirit as well. However, the amount of superb songs they have created is sufficient. My favorite songs of Mostly Autumn are the following: Mother Nature, Styhead Tarn, The Night Sky, Just Moving On, We Come And We Go, Another Life, Porcupine Rain, Half The Mountain, The Spirit Of Autumn Past, Silver Glass, Heroes Never Die, Shrinking Violet. Most of these songs make up Catch The Spirit which also contains a few other really good songs: The Last Climb, Evergreen, The Gap Is Too Wide. So, here we have over 100 minutes of spectacular music and there is much more very good music on their albums as well. I hope that if you listen to them and hear a song you consider weak you can just move on to the next one. Sooner or later you will find your jewels and will love their music.
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on August 2, 2011
Format: Audio CDVerified Purchase
After finding about Mostly Autumn by the back doors of Iona, I first bought "That Night in Leamington" which was a farewell concert for Heather Findlay. This CD "Catch the Spirit" seem to be the next step in hearing some studio versions, but instead of being a "Best Of" CD it's a collection of new arrangements: reworked, re-crafted, & re-recorded introduction to the band. The cover shown in Amazon.com is really the inside cover, the CD I got has a Mother Nature in Autumn cover. This CD set seems to be more balance than the live version but misses a few over the top guitar solos which really blew my mind. There are some songs that are multi facet with back ground instruments & counter melodies which create layers of sound that can't be recorded on a "Live" CD. Therefore its a trade between "Catch the Spirit" & "That Night in Leamington": cleaner & fuller tunes versus freedom of expression. Looking at some on the entries in YOU TUBE, Mostly Autumn can be rather messy or semi-out of tune in places during a concert, yet this CD is very well produced. I believe the outside dealer via Amazon.com shipped the CD from England within a few days at the normal cost of US shipping. How did they do it?
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on April 12, 2014
Format: Audio CDVerified Purchase
I ordered this CD for what seemed to be a very good price, relatively speaking. After many weeks, Zoverstocks asked me to wait a even longer. It never came, and after nearly 2 months I got my money back. Everything else that I have ever ordered which was sent to this address over a period of several years has been successfully delivered, except for this. Draw your own conclusions!
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